Dodson and Fogg - Down At The Beach EP

by Jeff Penczak Rating:9 Release Date:2017-03-24

Chris Wade must never sleep. Continuing a hectic release schedule that includes over a dozen albums in the past five years and over a dozen film and music books in the last two!, he’s back again with a new 5-track EP, hot on the heels of the previous month’s “Five Songs From The Cave” EP. Like the previous outing, Wade plays everything (except a perfectly in sync swan contributing “guest cough” on ‘Somewhere By The Sea’. Wade is in a contemplative mood on opener ‘For Eternity’, a tender acoustic ballad with equally gentle piano backing. Perfect late night listening in front of a crackling fire with a warm sherry to hand. The fancy ivory-tinkling solo lifts the song to another dimension.

There’s a lilting, Floydian vibe (think of their soundtrack work for Barbet Schroeder’s first two films, La Vallée and More) drifting across ‘Leonard (Brother of Mercy)’, with a fine finger-picked solo onboard to enhance the enjoyment, while the aforementioned ‘Somewhere By The Sea’ boasts a jaunty little shuffling beat which bears more than a passing resemblance to The Five American’s ‘Western Union’. Wade’s nimble-fingered fretwork is another highlight throughout this and the other tracks.

Wade saves his ripsnorting, finger-bleeding best solos for last, as ‘You’re Not Alone” and the funky, chunky ‘Nanook’ practically burst through your speakers and bury themselves in your earwax, cleaning out the cobwebs on their journey to rattle the walls of your inner ear! Another brilliant effort from the always exciting Mr. Wade, the Legend from Leeds.

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